Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ribbon Lobster

This little guy is just too cute! The Ribbon Lobster is great for hair bows, party decorations, pins or anything your heart desires. Best of all, it's fairly simple to make!

7/8 inch Grosgrain
3/8 inch Grosgrain
1/8 inch Grosgrain
2 googly eyes
Glue scissors

*Note: Remember to seal all your edges.

1. Cut a 23 inches long piece of 3/8 inch grosgrain.
2. Start at one end and wrap it around itself tightly. Remember to overlap half the width of the ribbon.
3. Cut 2 pieces of 1/8 inch grosgrain 2 1/2 inches long. Roll up one end of each leaving 1 inch unrolled. These will be the back legs.
4. Fold 1 of the back legs in half to the right and the other to the left. Glue the rolled section on the top of the body and the opposite end underneath.
5. Next, cut four 1 1/4 inch long pieces of 1/8 inch grosgrain. Fold each of these in half, two to the right and two to the left. These will become the legs.  Attach one side of these to the bottom of your body, two on the left side and two on the right.
6. Cut two pieces of 7/8 inch grosgrain 3 inches long. Fold in half and glue one end of each of these as shown. On the unfolded end, make a fishtail cut.
7. Where the half opens up, fold the ribbon section in half; one to the left and the other to the right. These pieces will be used as the claws.
8. Attach the claws to the underside of the body.
9. Cut two 2 1/2 inches long pieces of 1/8 inch grosgrain. On one end, make a diagonal cut.
10. These pieces will be used as the feelers/antenna.  Insert the flat cut end into the open end of the head and glue.
11. Finally, glue both of the googly eyes to the head. Your new ribbon friend is now complete!

* Experiment with different colors and sizes for a creative little sculpture!

Ribbon Fish

These adorable little ribbon fish are great for anything from hair bows to party decorations. Best of all, they're simple to make.  

7/8 inch Dazzle Glitter Grosgrain in Turquoise
3/8 inch Dazzle Glitter Grosgrain in Turquoise
1 Small  googly eye

*Note: Dazzle does not have to be sealed… it will not fray. However, if you’re using another grosgrain, remember to heat seal all your edges.

1. Cut a 10 inches long piece of 7/8 inch Dazzle.
2. Next, fold over as shown and glue the overlapping pieces. This will be your fish’s body.
3. Cut a piece of 3/8 inch Dazzle 2 inches long.
4. Wrap this piece around the body of the fish. Be sure to glue it down so the seam is on the back.
5. The remaining pieces sticking out will be the tail. Make a fishtail cut on each of these to complete the look.
6. Cut two 1 3/4 inches long pieces of 3/8 inch Dazzle. Fold these over and glue the ends together to make the fins.
7. Next, adhere the bottom of the fins to the back of the body.
8.For the final touch, glue one googly eye in place on the body. You’re done!

*Try experimenting with different colors and sizes for a rainbow of colored fish!